Saints Bounty Scandal: Why Coaches’ Suspensions Should Be Lifted

September 8, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The New Orleans Saints bounty scandal was the hot-button issue of this past NFL offseason. There's no denying that professional football is an inherently violent sport. But since the four players involved had their suspensions lifted, should the same be done for the coaches involved?
Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita (now with the Cleveland Browns) and Anthony Hargrove (now with the Green Bay Packers) had their suspensions overturned (via ESPN) after a three-judge panel agreed that Commissioner Roger Goodell didn't have the right to levy out such punishment.
The contention from those in the middle of this, as well as from Saints fans, was always about a lack of evidence. The commissioner's office maintained they had a ledger which showed the weekly earnings of players engaged in the bounty program.
However, the NFL only ever produced so-called "transcripts," leaving the validity of this supposed ledger in serious question. 
At no time did they ...

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